Updated: Apr 3
A brief explanation of where the stone originates and properties of Tanzanite
Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite (a calcium aluminium hydroxyl sorosilicate), caused by small amounts of vanadium, belonging to the epidote group. Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania, in a very small mining area approximately 7 km (or 4.3 miles) long and 2 km (1.2 miles) wide) near the Mirerani Hills.
Tanzanite is noted for its remarkably strong trichroism (a property, peculiar to certain crystals, of transmitting light of three different colors when viewed from three different directions) appearing alternately blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation. In its rough state tanzanite is colored a reddish brown to clear, and it requires heat treatment to remove the brownish "veil" and bring out the blue violet of the stone.
The gemstone was given the name 'tanzanite' by Tiffany & Co. after Tanzania, the country in which it was discovered. The scientific name of "blue-violet zoisite" was not thought to be consumer friendly enough by Tiffany's marketing department, who introduced it to the market in 1968. In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association chose tanzanite as a December birthstone, the first change to their birthstone list since 1912.
What does Tanzanite cost?
Have a look at the rough guide below. Unlike diamonds, Tanzanite is graded differently in AAA+, AAA, AAA/AA, AA and lastly A. Compared to diamonds, Tanzanite is significantly more affordable, although the precious stone is and will become rare due to the fact that it can only be found in Tanzania and there is a limited supply of Tanzanite. Would make for a great investment?
What people don't know - the healing properties of Tanzanite
Physical healing properties of tanzanite include detoxification of the blood, strengthening your immune system and increasing overall vitality. It’s soothing, calming tanzanite powers encourage cell regeneration and healing of skin conditions. The stone also benefits the hair, supporting renewed growth of healthy hair.
The cooling, calming, soothing vibrations of tanzanite crystals help relieve headaches and migraines. You will feel the cooling, relaxing sensation on your forehead as soon as you apply the precious gemstone.
The emotional healing properties of tanzanite go back to the heart of tanzanite meaning. The beautiful, deep blue tanzanite color is that of truth and sincerity. Tanzanite benefits include a happy energy and enhanced compassion and love for others. It's powers allow you to stop worrying to the point of distraction and mistreatment of yourself and others. Tanzanite properties reduce obsessive tendencies and instil a healthy emotional balance and a feeling of being “centered.”
Tanzanite healing properties facilitate truthful thinking and communication. You will find that you can speak your mind but communicate with intelligence and compassion.
This is definitely a precious stone which may be undervalued and underestimated. A good buy and a beautiful stone, with exquisite color. Its in our top 5 stones!